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The Store (Library Alabama Classics) Kindle Edition
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Its still a good read, particularly in expressing the dichotomy of black and white viewpoints of situations and behaviors, particularly the failure of white characters to understand the rational behavior of black characters. I like the setting, 1884 Alabama, which I knew absolutely nothing about before reading the book. The change of seasons, political events, range of characters, provide a very immersive read.
I have to remove a star because I don't think its particularly good literature. I think the plot is a little contrived, and some of the characters are not well drawn. Someone else mentioned, Ponny, whose character is only in being "fat". She was more well-drawn in the Forge. In particular, the author's belief in the occult, which was a small element in the Forge, is much more prominent in the Store. I do mean the author's belief, as well as some of the characters in the book, the belief that the dead can find ways to talk to people from beyond the grave, can reveal things they might not even have known when alive. This was a popular thing in the 1910s, 20s, 30s when this book was written. I noticed it also in Booth Tarkington's the Magnificent Ambersons, where he kind of screws up the ending with a bizarre occult twist. This same element in The Store devalues the plot which is otherwise pure historical fiction. Two characters in particular are driven by this true occult obsession/connection throughout the book, not just in one little spot as with the Forge.
Someone might ask, why did this book get the Pulitzer and not the Forge. The Pulitzers prizes for fiction often miss the mark. Most of the best fiction from this era are not Pulitzer prizes, and most of the Pulitzers are forgotten for good reason. For example, the same year the Store was published, A Light in August (Faulkner) and The Thin Man (Hammett) were published. In addition, Pulitzers were often given to established authors AFTER they had written their best work. For example, they gave a Pulitzer for Arrowsmith after Sinclair Lewis had already won a Nobel Prize for his other books Main Street and Babbitt. (He refused to accept the prize.) They gave one to Hemingway for a book published 30 years after his best fiction was published, and for a terrible book by Willa Cather, 5 years after My Antonia was published. If you are looking for good literature, don't read the Pulitzers. There are many other good lists to go by.
However, I would still recommend reading The Forge, and the Store, for the experience of the setting, the events, the viewpoints. I do intend to finish the trilogy and read the Unfinished Cathedral, and I hope that this silly mystical element does not take on an even bigger role.
If you have not read the Forge, I think you can still read the Store as a stand alone novel. I had forgotten many of the details of the Forge, and I still found the Store to be readable. However, I think it would be better to read the Forge first, since I think it may be a better book, and because many of the characters are influenced by events of the past which are described in the Forge. The author himself was born in Tennessee. His father's family fought for the North, his mother's Alabama family fought for the South. The Catlins and Vaidens represent those families. So I think The Forge is a great place to start the saga.
One thing that was different in this book was that there was a new fat character, and apparently her entirely personality was that of 'fat'. Seriously, he actually wrote :
"I don't know," she called back flabbily, "I might want something to eat."
How exactly does a person speak 'flabbily'?
Winner of the 1933 Pulitzer Prize.
"...set in the author's native Tennessee Valley region of Alabama, the novel's action begins in 1884...and it centers on the emergence of Colonel Miltiades Vaiden as a figure of wealth and power in the city of Florence."
"Stribling succeeds in presenting the essence of an age through the everyday lives of his characters...a good story filled with diverse and vital characters, and much of it cannot be read without that primitive excitement, that eagerness to know what comes next...."